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Education Dept. Announces It Won't Punish Colleges For Reconsidering Student Aid

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 15:15

In June, NPR reported that the department was making it harder for colleges to reconsider aid for students whose finances have changed. On Thursday, the agency reversed course.

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More Than 20 U.S. States Now Require Face Masks In Public

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 13:32

An alarming surge in coronavirus cases is forcing more states to require face coverings. Two of the worst-hit states — Florida and Arizona — still don't have statewide mandates.

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At Least 82 Coronavirus Cases Linked To Missouri Sleepaway Camp

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:38

Kanakuk Kamps shut down its K-2 program after 41 campers, staff and counselors tested positive. That number has since doubled, according to county health officials.

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What Will Sanrio's New Leadership Mean For Hello Kitty?

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:22

A new CEO is steering a company that's seen years of slumping revenues and whose home market of Japan has an aging population. But "don't count out Hello Kitty," says an author of a book about Sanrio.

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You May Be In Sweatpants, But COVID-19 Hasn't Stopped Haute Couture

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:01

In a fashion first, this season's collections were presented digitally, rather than in-person, in-Paris. The virtual venue was an opportunity for designers to experiment in the online space.

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In Minority Neighborhoods, Knocking On Doors To Stop The Spread Of The Coronavirus

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 11:00

Through a partnership between state and local government, volunteers and city workers in Richmond, Va., are passing out PPE in at-risk neighborhoods.

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Turkish Court Ruling Clears Way For Hagia Sophia To Be Converted To A Mosque

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 10:37

Istanbul's 6th century landmark was originally a Byzantine church and later converted into a mosque. Since 1934, it has been a museum, widely regarded as a symbol of peaceful religious coexistence.

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Federal Executions Set To Resume After 17 Years With 3 Deaths Scheduled Soon

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 09:28

Authorities are preparing the federal death chamber in Terre Haute, Ind., for three executions next week. They'll be the first federal executions in a long time.

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Cited In Many Operations, Russia's GRU Is Suspected In Afghan Bounty Case

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 08:53

Russian military intelligence, the GRU, is linked to the invasion of Ukraine and interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Now it's suspected of a bounty program to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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After Pleas From Officials, Republicans Signal Openness To More Election Funding

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 05:01

Senate Republicans say they are open to sending states more money to make it easier to administer an election amid a pandemic after initial fears that no more federal money would be spent.

Keisha Lance Bottoms, A Possible Biden VP Pick, Sees Profile Rise Amid Crises

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 05:00

The first-term Atlanta mayor has spoken out against the state of Georgia's Republican-led pandemic response and spoken forcefully to protesters in her city.

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Police Viewed Less Favorably, But Few Want To 'Defund' Them, Survey Finds

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 22:55

A poll conducted in mid-June found that most respondents thought police officers should be held legally accountable for misconduct. But few respondents favored cutting funding for law enforcement.

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Bolivian President Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 20:21

The announcement from the country's interim president, Jeanine Áñez, comes just days after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he had contracted COVID-19.

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Starbucks Says Customers Must Wear Masks At Its Cafes

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 19:50

Several states already require people to wear masks in public spaces like coffee shops to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but many still have no such requirement.

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Supreme Court Rules That About Half Of Oklahoma Is Indian Land

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 19:17

"Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation ... Because Congress has not said other­wise, we hold the government to its word," wrote Justice Gorsuch.

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Death Of Robert Fuller, Who Was Found Hanging From Tree, Ruled Suicide

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 19:10

Fuller's death on June 10 was initially ruled a suicide, but that conclusion outraged his family, who insisted that he would not take his own life.

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WHO Report: Aerosols Not Likely To Be Significant Source Of COVID-19 Transmission

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 18:10

After 239 scientists raised concerns about transmission by aerosolized particles, the World Health Organization has issued a brief on the role of aerosolized particles — and called for more research.

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An Enzyme That Increases With Exercise Can Improve Memory In Mice, And Maybe People

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:42

When scientists revved up the production of an enzyme called GPLD1 in older mice, it stimulated nerve growth in their brains and the animals navigated a maze better.

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'Please Scream Inside Your Heart,' Japanese Amusement Park Tells Thrill-Seekers

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:18

Several park-goers have complained that the request for those on roller coasters to remain silent is unrealistic. "If a scream comes out, it comes out," one visitor said.

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Defense Secretary Esper, In Careful Exchange, Denies Being Briefed On 'Bounties'

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 15:42

The defense secretary and the chairman of the joint chiefs responded to careful prompts from Republicans on Thursday aimed at defending the Trump administration on the Russian bounty allegations.

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